Case Writing Competition 2018

Case Writing Competition

The aim of the LKYSPP CASE WRITING COMPETITION is to provide the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) students the opportunity to showcase their policy knowledge and application through the analysis of a public policy case study concerning contemporary issues in Asia. The Case Writing Competition (“Competition”) is organised by the LKYSPP Case Study Unit (“Organiser”).


  • Open to all students enrolled at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) participating individually, or as a team of up to 3.
  • Entries must be completed under supervision of a faculty member (Faculty Advisor) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Participants are responsible for identifying and securing the agreement of their Faculty Advisor.
  • The Organiser reserves the sole and absolute discretion to exclude or disqualify any Participant/s and/ or entry from the Competition.

Submission Requirements

  • Your case study entry may be on any topic in any country in Asia. The case should be related to public policy based on a real-life situation.
  • You must first register for the Competition and submit a Case Brief for the proposed case study by the stipulated deadline. Please refer to the Competition Timeline below.
  • The case study entry must be in English and be an original work that has not been submitted elsewhere.
  • The case study should not exceed 6,000 words (in A4 pages, single-spaced, excluding Exhibits/Annexes). It should be submitted in the Case Study Format, and comply with the LKYSPP Case Writing Technical Guidelines. The case study should also be accompanied by a short Abstract (200 words Max) and Teaching Notes. The Teaching Note should be submitted in the Teaching Note Format. The Organiser will assist Participants in developing the case study.
  • Your case study entry should abide by the LKYSPP’s Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity. All sources used in the case study should be appropriately cited using the Chicago Manual of Style.
  • All case study entries must be submitted in Microsoft Word document format via email to the Organiser (decb64_bGt5c3BwY2FzZUBudXMuZWR1LnNn_decb64) by the stipulated deadline.

Competition Registration and Case Brief

  • Participants must first register for the competition by submitting the Registration Form via email to the Organiser (decb64_bGt5c3BwY2FzZUBudXMuZWR1LnNn_decb64) by the stipulated deadline. Registration opens on the 3rd September 2018 and the Registration Form can be downloaded here.
  • The Registration Form includes a Case Brief that should contain the following information:
    • Details of Participants (name, email address and LKYSPP programme enrolled in)
    • Name of Faculty Advisor (must be a faculty member of NUS)
    • Working title of Case Study (may be subsequently amended in the case study entry)
    • Synopsis of Case Study (not more than 200 words)
    • Potential teaching points of the Case Study
    • LKY School courses for which Case Study can be used (optional)
  • The Organiser may also give you feedback on your Case Brief.


Each winning entry will receive a cash prize of $3,000 for Distinguish Winners, $1,500 for Merit winners and prize certificate from the LKYSPP, and up to 3 winning entries may be selected (in no particular order of merit).

Competition Timeline



Launch of 2018 LKYSPP Case Writing Competition

3rd  September 2018

Deadline for competition registration  and submission of Case Brief

2nd November 2018

Deadline for submission of Case Study

1st February 2019

Announcement of Winning Entries

4th March 2019

Judging Criteria

The competition judges (to be announced) will evaluate the case studies on the following criteria, which carry equal weightage. The decision of the judges shall be final, and no correspondence will be entertained regarding the judges’ decision.


Usefulness for teaching purposes

Is the case study helpful in illuminating policy issues and dilemmas for teaching purposes?

Is there an ability to create a strong and interesting learning experience by including contentious issues and multiple perspectives?

Integrating Theory and Practice

Does the case study interpret observations in the context of a prescribed or emergent theoretical framework?

Presentation of case (i.e. organisation of case, clarity, sufficiency of data, language, structure, accuracy)

Does the case study flow? Can someone sit down and understand their view without knowing the background?

Is the case study direct? Easily understood? Does it exhibit critical thinking in examining and communicating arguments?

Is there a good balance between a well-told story and sufficient data?

Intellectual Property

  • The Participant/s retain/s full copyright of the case study entered for the Competition.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to use, reproduce, publish, print, edit and distribute any case study submitted for the Competition without obtaining further prior permission and payment of any fees or royalty to the Participant/s.
  • Where any case study of a Participant/s is published by the Organiser, the Participant/s will be credited.
  • The Organiser reserves the right to use, reproduce, publish, print, edit and distribute the names of the winning participants and photographs of any event associated with the Competition.

Case Preparation and Resources

  • In preparing your case study submissions, you may explore any credible and reputable public source of information, such as books or articles, search libraries, use the Internet, and so forth.
  • For examples of LKY School’s case studies, please visit our website.

Previous winning entries of the Case Writing Competition

YearPrizeCase Study TitleFaculty Advisor
2017 Distinguished Prize

“Cool Japan” as the Next Future of Post-industrial Japan?

Author/s: Rui Tao

Rock, paper or scissors: The trilemma of fertiliser policy in India

Author/s: Sivaprakasham Murugesan Saminathan & Stuti Rawat

Big Data, Big Problems: How should Singapore Approach the Privacy Challenge of Big Data Research?

Author/s: Harisan Unais Nasir & Kershia Tan Wei

Assistant Professor Joo Yu Min

Assistant Professor Mehmet Akif Demircioglu and Associate Professor Zeger Van Der Wal

Research Associate Markus Labude

Merit Prize

Freedom of Mobility: The Paradoxes

Author/s: Janani Balasubramaniam & Nirnaya Bhatta

The case of slum redevelopment in Mumbai

Author/s: Kinnari Gurnani

A Hangzhou Story: The Development of China’s Mobile Payment Revolution

Author/s: Yichen Zhu & Hui Li

Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) & Assistant Professor Akter Sonia

Assistant Professor Joo Yu Min

Professor (Practice) Lam Chuan Leong

2013 First Prize

Social Egg Freezing: Should It Be Permitted in Singapore?

Author/s: Michelle Khoo

Assistant Professor Kim Hye-Won Erin

Commendation Awards

The Proposed Cross Island Line in Singapore: Nature or Development?

Author/s: Krishnan Chandramohan

Non-Ideal Toilets in India: The Solution to Sanitation Woes Or The Source of New Problems?

Author/s: Aprajita Singh, Ekroop Caur and Kashyap Shah

Our Singapore Conversation: Bridging the ‘Great Affective Divide’?

Author/s: Yvonne Guo and Charles Phua Chao Rong

Visiting Professor Dodo J Thampapillai 

Professor M Ramesh

Advisor to LKY SPP Executive Education Donald Low

2012 First Prize

“Extending Healthcare to the Informal Sector in Laos”

Author/s: Beñat Oñatibia Camara and Zhang Yingxin Louisa

Adjunct Associate Professor Phua Kai Hong and Visiting Professor Pangestu Tikki


“The Buck Stops Where? A Trilemma on HealthCare for Singapore’s Foreign Workers”

Author/s: Moses Sam Paul Johnraj and Nicole Bacolod

Adjunct Associate Professor Phua Kai Hong

2011 First Prize

“The Dirty Business of Sand – Sand Dredging in Cambodia”

Author/s: Fazlin Abdullah and Goh Ann Tat

Associate Professor Surya Sethi


“Drug Price Policy in Vietnam: Letting the market set prices is not as easy as it seems”

Author/s: Sarah Bales

Associate Professor Scott Fritzen